April 21

Today's quotation:

The opportunities of people are limited only by their imagination.  But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer.

Charles F. Kettering

Today's Meditation:

Why do we so often stifle our own imagination?  Is it because we work at jobs that expect us to do the same things over and over again in the same ways?  Is it because we're afraid of being mocked when we do something in ways that are different than other people's ways?  Is it because when we did something different in the past, we failed and were criticized for our failure, and we don't want to face failure or criticism again?

No matter what the reason, it's important to keep in mind that we do have imagination, and ours is unique to us, not found in exactly the same way in any other person on the planet.  We have amazing potential, but sometimes we have to be creative in order to let that potential be realized.  Many of our decisions are made to keep ourselves "safe," while the truth is that our safety may just be our downfall.  The world needs many more composers if we don't want to listen to the same songs over and over, but not enough people are willing to compose.

We can use our imaginations to keep ourselves vital and alive.  We can use them to create new things or add to things that already exist.  Somebody in the past imagined the Internet, cars, airplanes, heart transplants, and people walking on the moon, and those things have come to pass.  Just imagine how many more wonderful things could come to be if more people were able to look into the immaterial and see things that don't yet exist, but could.

If we're going to stay vital and fresh, we're going to have to use our imaginations to find ways to do so--and in doing so, we can make some pretty amazing contributions in our own small ways to the world around us, but only if we use the precious gift of imagination with which we were gifted.

Questions to consider:

What kinds of things do you think could exist now, but don't?  Why don't they?

How might using your imagination help you to stay vital and fresh as the years go by?

What might you be able to contribute to your own corner of the world if you were to use your imagination more?

For further thought:

As the imagination is set to look into the invisible and immaterial, it seems to attract something of their vitality; and though it can give nothing to the body to redeem it from years, it can give to the soul that freshness of youth in old age which is even more beautiful than youth in the young.

Henry Ward Beecher
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